This lecture series takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe - from China to the Americas to New Zealand - to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. In just 24 thought-provoking lectures, you'll get the amazing story of how life as we know it developed.
Starting in the early 15th century and culminating in the age of social media, you'll encounter astounding threads that weave through the centuries, joining these turning points in ways that may come as a revelation. You'll also witness turning points with repercussions we can only speculate about because they are still very much in the process of turning.
Professor Liulevicius doesn't merely recount the greatest events of history, but rather has selected true catalysts in provoking changes in worldview. Some of the events you'll investigate, including the discovery of the New World and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will immediately resonate as watershed moments. The global significance of other pivotal events may only become apparent through the detailed analysis contained in these lectures, such as the publication of the Enlightenment-era Encyclopédie and the Russo-Japanese War - which has been historically overshadowed by the two world wars that followed.
As you discover how turning points such as the discovery of penicillin and the opening of East Berlin hinged on chance, accident, and, in some cases, sheer luck, you'll realize how easily history might have played out differently.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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I've listened to several Great Courses and this may be my favorite. I enjoyed the world perspective as opposed to a concentration on European history. And, I enjoyed thinking about the instructor's reasons for adding something out of history to his list of Turning Points. Often, this was something new to me, but all were treated with an insightful perspective. Very enjoyable!
One of the best courses I've listened too. Great job. Didn't want it to end! I was a little worried that he would have an accent from the sound of his last name but there was no accent at all.
While the course was generally interesting, there is a lot of room for.discussion about whether the particular event named was that important. For example was the peace of Westphalia more important than other events in the development of the nation state? Was Fermi's 1942 experiment the most significant step in ushering the nuclear age? On the other hand thee is little doubt about the importance of Gitenberg's printing press. It is also worth noting that some events are important more for their psychological impact (e.g. The fall of Constantinople) than how they changed
People's lives. A classification of the nature of types of turning points is something all of these types of courses are missing.
If Prof. Liulevicius had taught at my school, I would have gotten up extra early just to make sure to register in time for every one of his classes. I'm sure that all of these instructors are geniuses, but this man loves teaching and you can hear it in his voice and in the way he structures his lecture. I'll admit, I'm now a total fangirl and I'll throw my money at anything that has his name on it.
The course was fast paced with a good amount of detail. It seemed very thorough in the beginning and sort of sped up to wrap at the end. Very interesting and worth the listen!
Excellent selection of content and highly entertaining in his delivery. Professor Liulevicius offers one of the best audiobooks I have acquired from the Great Courses series.
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